2020 GCSE Results

The College is celebrating its best ever GCSE results, despite the unprecedented circumstances and the challenges of remote learning.  This year’s group has shown immense resilience over the last few months and laid some very strong foundations for the future.

The remarkable results achieved do great credit to the pupils, to their hard work, and to the support offered to them by our talented and committed teaching staff:

30% Grade 9, 52% Grade 9 - 8 (A*), 77% Grade 9 - 7 (A*-A), 93% Grade 9-6 (A* - B), 100% Grade 9 - 4 (A*-C) and the value added to this year’s results at 1.86, over a full grade added on average.

Brighton College Abu Dhabi has enjoyed huge success across the full, and varied range of subjects taken at GCSE. Of particular note are the results in the Mathematics Department: 40% achieved grade 9 and in Further Pure Mathematics where all pupils achieved Grade 9. In the Sciences and Mathematics departments, more than 50% attained a grade 9 or 8.  In addition, this year 80% of pupils studying Mandarin achieved Grade 9 and 100% achieved Grade 9 – 8. This year’s results further build on the immense successes of previous years ranking us as a top performing school in the UAE. We continue to work together with all the Brighton Colleges, including the top-performing UK school, drawing on a long and successful history of academic distinction.

High achieving pupils celebrating top level grades this year include:

Gyubo Kong                             11 Grade 9s

Harriet McCreanor                10 Grade 9s

Ella Menane                             10 Grade 9s

Gyeongeun Noh                       10 Grade 9s, 1 Grade 6

Ashna Chaturvedi                    9 Grade 9s, 1 Grade 8

Gustavs Cerps                           9 Grade 9s, 1 Grade 8

Amala Ayyar                             9 Grade 9s, 1 Grade 8

Simon Corns, Head Master of Brighton College Abu Dhabi commented, “I am delighted to announce another outstanding year of GCSE results, which accurately reflect the abilities of this able and hard-working group. The results tell us so much more about these young people this year than their academic achievement: they have shown exemplary character in adversity and have proved their resilience at every point over the last few gruelling months. It is a mark of the Brighton education that the emphasis on curiosity, confidence and kindness and the extensive opportunities we offer beyond the classroom prepare young people so well for whatever life might throw at them. As always, they have risen to the challenge and their thoroughly deserved success is a source of great pride for all of us. I offer them, their parents and my extremely talented and hard-working colleagues my warmest congratulations and thanks.”

Emma Parsons, Head of Senior School said, “It is an absolute pleasure to announce our best GCSE results achieved to date at Brighton College Abu Dhabi. We are incredibly proud of the achievements and successes of all of our pupils over the past two years and, in particular, over the past few months as they have had to deal with the emotional challenge of not sitting the examinations. Our pupils should feel exceptionally proud of their grades today and we extend our thanks to their families too for their constant support and encouragement. The staff, who know the pupils really well, were able to determine their grades effectively, taking into account all of the work produced over the GCSE courses. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate them for their integrity, diligence and attention to detail throughout this process. Well done everyone!”

2020 A-Level Results

Brighton College Abu Dhabi pupils achieved yet another set of outstanding A-Level results this year, despite all the enormous pressures to which they, staff and parents were subjected over the last few months. As always, our excellent pupils will now progress to prestigious universities around the globe. This year they will take with them not just stellar results but also the immense resilience they have built up in adversity over the last few months and even more confidence in use of IT than previous cohorts have needed. The high marks scored this year continue to build upon Brighton College’s year-on-year achievements which distinguish us yet again as we head towards our tenth year here in the capital, but with 150 years of education behind us on which we draw in our many contacts with Brighton College UK.

After continual hard work and dedication from Brighton College Abu Dhabi pupils, 57.1% of all grades achieved this year were A* – A, 82% of grades achieved were A* – B, 96.1% of the grades achieved were A* – C, and the value added to this year’s results at 1.07, over a full grade added on average, shows the impact of excellent teaching at the College, a more significant statistic than raw results. We are also very proud of the hard work and diligence of our UAE national pupils who have achieved 71% A*- B and 88% A* - C grades.

High achieving pupils who are celebrating top level grades this year include the following pupils.

Hazem Issa                                    2A* 2A 1B

George Sebastian Hirjoaba        2A* 2A

Gyeongmin Noh                           2A* 2A

Razaan Ganatra                           3A* 1A

Ahmed Shehata                            4A*

Leen Kharouf                                3A*

Kiran Mungroo                            3A*

Lilianna Givanakis                      3A*

Ed Nur Aqil Jeffry                      1A* 2A

Jorge Diez Malo de Molina       3A

Hala Doshan                                3A

Awo Yusuf                                     3A

Head Master, Mr Corns, said, “This year has required extraordinary levels of resilience from pupils, parents and staff and it is a massive tribute to all of the Brighton College Abu Dhabi community that our results are even better than last year’s. There remain ambiguities about the appeals process and, if common sense prevails in the end, these results will improve further still, ensuring all our pupils have records of which they have every right to be proud. My thanks and congratulations go to all, whatever the outcomes, and there is a team of expert and experienced teachers available now to all pupils and parents who need support as they seek to confirm university places and to challenge any results that seem unfair. We will be fighting hard for them!”


Amit Patel, Head of Sixth Form said, “We are incredibly proud of the exceptional results achieved by our Class of 2020. These are the best results ever achieved by Brighton College Abu Dhabi pupils. As we know, they have endured a year like no other group of pupils, and they have demonstrated maturity and strength that proves that they are ready for the exciting challenges that lie ahead of them. I would like to thank parents and teachers for their part in guiding our pupils through the uncertainty and for their support during such unprecedented times. As they now begin to accept university offers from around the globe, we wish them the best of luck. The Brighton College Abu Dhabi Class of 2020 will be remembered for many years to come, not just for their ability to overcome, but for their kindness, their spirit and their warmth.”